Antebellum Charm on the Banks of the Mississippi in Natchez

Posted September 17, 2009 by Amy Westervelt

La-natchez-frontporch-def Although Natchez may be better known for its riverboat gambling casino, it's also home to more antebellum homes than any town in the country. When the river rises and the riverboat casino shuts down, go on a pilgrimage through old homes, and then dine and sleep as if you were a Southern belle centuries ago.

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Antebellum Homes: In the spring (mid-March to mid-April) and fall (late September to mid-October), Natchez hosts massive pilgrimages to its dozens of antebellum homes. Many of the homes are private residences, but locals throw open their doors and invite visitors to ooh and ahh. Twenty-five homes are available for tours in the spring, and 18 are open in the fall; visitors can pick three to tour for $24. The 11 mansions not occupied by private residents are open for tours year-round ($10 for single-house tour, $24 for three-house ticket).

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The Carriage House Restaurant: Natchez is well-known as a mecca of Southern cuisine, and The Carriage House is world-renowned for its version of a regional classic: fried chicken. Try it with the restaurant's equally famous biscuits and wonder why anyone bothers with diets when food tastes this good. As an added bonus, the Southern fried chicken to beat all fried chicken ($12) is served in the actual former carriage house of Stanton Hall, one of those antebellum mansions Natchez is also famous for. Perfect!

Stay
Historic Oak Hill Inn: For a taste of antebellum history without taking a tour, book a room at the Historic Oak Hill Inn. Built as a home in 1835, the house is on the National Register of Historic Homes, and won an award for its faithful restoration in 2005. With its white columns and black shutters, you can play Gone with the Wind all weekend starting at just $115 per night (including full country breakfast).

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I grew up there and if you want to see the most interesting antebelum home, go see Longwood. It's Awesome!

Posted on June 02, 2010 at 04:40 PM by Richard

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